One of the features of Orlando, Florida that really makes it look and feel like a big city is the tall buildings that sprawl across the skyline. Even though there are not nearly as many skyscrapers in Orlando as there are in other big cities, there are plenty that will certainly catch your eye. Here are the top 10 tall buildings in Orlando in order of their descending height (as of 2012).
Sun Trust Center
The Sun Trust Center is the tallest skyscraper in Orlando. The building was built in 1988 in the heart of downtown Orlando and stands at 441 feet tall with 30 floors. It was initially built to serve as the Florida headquarters of Sun Trust Banks but eventually downsized and vacated more than 150,000 square feet of office space.
The Peabody Orlando Expansion Tower is the second tallest building in Orlando. The Peabody Orlando is a 31-story building located directly next to the Orange County Convention Center. It is a 428-foot tall hotel that was originally opened in 1986 and was later reconstructed in 2010 to its new extreme height.
The Vue at Lake Eola is a beautiful residential community located downtown right near Lake Eola. It has an outrageous 35 floors and stands tall at 426 feet. It was built in 2007 and it contains 34 floors of condos, as well as, 1 floor of penthouses which have access to the balcony roof.
Orange County Courthouse
The Orange County Courthouse contains the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida and all of their offices. It was built in 1997 in downtown Orlando. The courthouse has 24 floors and stands at 416 feet tall. The Orange County Courthouse also has a 1,500 car parking facility and two five-story buildings for the State Attorney and Public Defender.
Bank of America Center
The Bank of America Center is also located in downtown Orlando and serves as a commercial office building. It was built in 1988 and somewhat resembles the Bank of America building in Houston with its gothic appearance. The Bank of America Center has 28 floors and was built to 409 feet tall.
55 West on the Esplanade
55 West on the Esplanade is a residential tower in downtown Orlando. The building was built in 2009 and has 32 floors of apartments. It is the sixth largest building in Orlando and the fifth largest in the downtown area. It stands at 377 feet tall and even has its own 711 and restaurant/nightclub on the bottom floor.
Solaire at the Plaza
The Solaire at the Plaza is another residential tower in downtown Orlando. It is just slightly shorter than 55 West at 259 feet and with 30 floors making it the seventh tallest building in Orlando. The owners of this apartment tower built it in 2006 and announced plans for expansions in early 2012.
The Dynetech Center was built in 2008 to hold offices and apartments. The Dynetech Centre is located right in the middle of downtown Orlando and has 31 floors of beautiful space for rent. With a height of 357 feet, the Dynetech Centre is the eighth tallest building in all of Orlando.
Also known as the BB&T building, the Citrus Tower was Orlando's first modern skyscraper completed in 1971. The building is 281 feet and 19 storeys tall. It is located at 255 South Orange Avenue.
Premiere Trade Plaza
The Premiere Trade Plaza Orlando Tower II is a commercial office building that was built in Orlando in 2006. This building has 17 stories and reaches 227 feet in the air making it the tenth tallest building in Orlando. The Premiere Trade Plaza Orlando Tower II is located in downtown Orlando.